November 27, 2021

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EAC states plan 1500 troops joint training

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The East African Community (EAC) partner states initial planning conference for the forthcoming Field Training Exercise (FTX) has successfully ended at the source of the Nile Hotel in Jinja.

The FTX aims at identifying mechanisms that can be universally embraced by all EAC partner states whenever confronted with threats like terrorism, cyber-crime and piracy, among others.

The chairman of the FTX, code named Ushilikiano Imara 2020 Brig Gen B J Korir that will be hosted by Uganda applauded the Ugandan Government for supporting the exercise.

He noted that the main and final conferences will be held before the real Field Training Exercise is conducted between 25th May and 7th June 2022.

He added that FTX helps EAC partner states to work together and make meaningful decisions on how to counter security threats like terrorism, piracy, disaster management and peace support operations.

The Deputy Defence Spokesperson Lt Col Ronald Kakurungu revealed that the exercise targets around one thousand five hundred (1500) troops in total. Each partner state will contribute about 300 troops.

In Uganda, the exercise will be conducted in the Busoga Sub-region; that is Mutai, Njeru, Amber Court, Kimaka and at the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Center. The FTX that started in 2005 is rotational in nature.

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